BOISE -- A Meridian teen has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies for making bomb threats to Idaho schools and businesses this week.
Ada County Sheriff's deputies worked with Meridian Police, Boise Police, and the FBI to track down and arrest the 16-year old at his home in Meridian. They met with the teen and his parents on Friday night.
Deputies booked the teen into the Ada County Juvenile Detention Center on felony charges of making a false report of explosives.
Investigators have confirmed the boy worked with another teenage boy in Australia. They say the two chatted online and planned to make the threats.
Ada County detectives worked with Australian law enforcement officials in Orange, New South Wales to identify the other teen. They confirmed his involvement.
Detectives say the two boys chatted online using gaming channels to make the calls. The Meridian teen gave locations and phone numbers to the boy in Australia, who made the calls through a computer network to various businesses and schools in the greater Boise area.
While there is nothing to suggest that this teenager had the means to carry out these threats, it is clear that he intended to continue making the calls and had plans to escalate the impact of those calls by involving medical facilities, said Detective Sergeant Steve Bartlett.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, but that detectives believe these two teens are responsible for all of the threats made this week. They will continue to investigate if there were any others involved.
Making a threat is a felony whether you are a juvenile or adult. We take these calls very seriously. Anytime a threat is made, we will find the people responsible and hold them accountable, said Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney.